Nowshera bandh enters 13th day, protest held at Sunderbani

Excelsior Correspondent
RAJOURI, Feb 28: Indefinite bandh continued in the township of Nowshera on the 13th   consecutive day today for seeking district status for this sub division while at Sunderbani town, the people held protest demonstration in support of their demand of creation of Additional Deputy Commissioner’s post.
The people under the banner of Joint Action Committee, comprising members from various political parties, Beopar Mandal, Bar Association,  Sanatan Dharam Sabha and some other social  and youth organizations took out protest rally in the main market.   They were shouting slogans against BJP-PDP Government, BJP Ministers and also in support of their demand of full fledged district for Nowshera.   They culminated their protest march at the venue of dharna in Tehsil/ SDM office  complex.
Several local leaders addressed the gathering at the venue. The work in local Govt offices has been paralysed due to ongoing agitation in Nowshera.  Several other small towns of the area like Jhangar, Qila Darhal, Rajal, Kalsian, Bhawani etc are also observing bandh.
Nowshera Beopar Mandal members  said that people of Nowshera  have now resolved to take their agitation to the logical conclusion.  They said  Nowshera is demanding district status for the last more than forty years. It has almost all the district level offices functional here  besides a Govt  Degree College as well.  Though public is suffering badly due to continuous  bandh, yet  they all are now prepared to  face the consequences. They said the people of Nowshera Sub Division have decided to boycott the elections if their demand is not addressed by this Government.
Meanwhile, people at Sunderbani town held protest demonstration  during the day and shouted slogans against BJP-PDP Govt.  The JAC had decided to open the market but hold protest daily in support of their demand. They moved up to the main Chowk at Highway and then returned to Tehsil complex.   The police  did not allow protesters to block the highway.
Several local leaders  also addressed the gathering  and criticized Police to register FIRs against half a dozen youth. They warned the local administration to withdraw cases registered on pick and choose basis  against these youth while scores of people had blocked the highway. They warned to resort to violence in coming days if the police did not withdraw cases against them.